Palena River

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Palena River
Río Buta Palena[1] (Carrenleufú[2])
Río Corcovado[3]
Headwaters at Vintter Lake
Countries Argentina, Chile
District South America
 - left Rosselot River
 - right Rio Frio
Source Vintter Lake
 - location Andes, Patagonia, Argentina
 - elevation 927 m (3,041 ft)
 - coordinates 43°53′58″S 71°25′32″W / 43.89944°S 71.42556°W / -43.89944; -71.42556
Mouth Gulf of Corcovado
 - location Pacific Ocean, Chile
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 43°46′04″S 72°58′33″W / 43.76778°S 72.97583°W / -43.76778; -72.97583Coordinates: 43°46′04″S 72°58′33″W / 43.76778°S 72.97583°W / -43.76778; -72.97583 [1]
Length 240 km (149 mi)
Basin 12,887 km2 (4,976 sq mi)
Discharge mouth
 - average 130 m3/s (4,591 cu ft/s)

The Palena River or Carrenleufú is a river shared by Chile and Argentina in Northern Patagonia. It drains the waters of the Vintter Lake, also shared by these nations, and it flows into the Pacific Ocean.

This river has a regular glacial regime and rapid white waters. The rapids between Palena and Puerto Raúl Marín Balmaceda are choice kayaking white water.[4] The volume and rapid drop in elevation of the river is ideal for hydroelectric power plants. There are several projects at both sides of the border to use this power.[citation needed]


The river originates as the Carrenleufú as the out-flow from Lake Vintter. Its major tributaries include the Tranquilo, Figueroa, Frío, Risopatrón and Melimoyu rivers.[4]

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